If you played Legend of Zelda as a kid (or older), you know that Zelda games have never been easy, but they have been linear and rather straightforward. Once they are defeated, you'll be gifted a heart container. In most cases, mix together a meat, fruit or vegetable, and herbs and you'll get a solid dish.
There are also occasionally enemies in spirit shrines, though none we've encountered were terribly hard. Yes, you can eat them raw, but the real benefits come from cooking. But fans of the franchise's puzzling dungeons will also want to seek out the dozens of shrines scattered across the world, each of which presents a smart, bite-sized brainteaser. You will need to learn ways to exploit your enemy's weaknesses, solve puzzles and improve your accuracy with your weapons of choice. One tip for those of you who are playing this weekend: Turn off the minimap. For example: Wolf Link will give you a wolf companion, Super Smash Bros.
There are other benefits shrine, too: treasure chests. After a short cooking period, you'll receive the result of your cooking attempt, and you'll be free to cook another food or elixir if you'd like. They tend to be hidden, so you're likely to miss some of them if you're not seeking them out.
Gone are the days of picking up the Master Sword as soon as you head out.
Of course, one game doesn't make a console, and I understand skepticism. Climb high, press the right analog stick to pull out your Sheikah slate and look all around you. You also have some nifty magical powers, like the ability to freeze water, move objects magnetically or stop time, as well as a smartphone-like device used to access your map, inventory and list of quests. Because the world is so big, the more Shrines and towers you can unlock, the better. You can head to the 7:20 mark of the video to check out more on performance with a comparison on frame rates.
Can I return to a shrine?
It's worth noting that you get less than if you simply buy from the eShop - for a $40 digital purchase you get 50 Gold Coins, versus the 10 for going physical.
When cooking food, you can use common sense to tell which items will go together. But Breath of the Wild's final, painterly art style was chosen for more than just aesthetics. Plus, there are no health potions, so you have to gather and cook often if you want to stay alive. Find a stable, find a shrine.